With a statewide shelter-in-place order in response to COVID-19, you’re likely spending a lot more time at home than you usually do. Make the most of this time by getting some DIY home improvement projects done. There are many simple things you can do with the tools you have on hand or and supplies you can order to be delivered to your door. These simple projects won’t take a lot of your time or money, but they can make a big impact on your home’s look and function.
Easy DIY Home Improvement Projects to Boost Your Property Value
1. Paint Your Cabinets
Repainting your kitchen or bathroom cabinetry can dramatically change the feel of the space, at a fraction of the cost of a remodel. Some of the current trends are white, tuxedo (black for the bottom cabinets and white for the upper cabinets), and blue (Pantone’s Color of the Year is Classic Blue). Use a semi-gloss or satin paint for a moisture-resistant and easy-to-clean finish. Follow this step-by-step guide from Lowe’s to tackle this project.
2. Make Over Your Front Porch
Updating your front porch boosts your curb appeal and will provide a warm welcome to your guests when you’re able to entertain once again. Wash the floor and walls thoroughly with your hose to get all dirt out of the crevices. Replace your hardware with a new set of house numbers, a new set of pendant lights on either side of the door, and a new door handle. Repaint the front door – moody colors such as charcoal and midnight blue are trending this year. If your porch offers the space, add a hanging bench to the side or a pair of potted plants on either side of the walkway.
3. Hide Your Cords
Those cords plugged into your entertainment center or home office give the space a cluttered appearance. Hide them away for a cleaner look. Use temporary hooks (such as plastic Command hooks) to run the cords up behind a desk leg and along its back edge. There are cord concealer kits you can purchase and paint to match your walls. If you’re particularly handy, you can even create a crown molding and trim to hang behind your television, and hide the cords behind the trim.
4. Turn a Closet Into a Home Office
If you’re working remotely these days, it’s important to have your own work space. An unused closet can be transformed into a home office in just a few hours. Unhinge the door and remove the hanging rods. Install some shelving, both for storage and your desktop. Install a deep shelf for your desktop, at 27 inches above the ground for a sitting desk or 44.5 inches above the ground for a standing desk. Your shallow shelving can be installed above your head to store important documents.
5. Organize the Garage
The garage tends to become cluttered, so now is the time to fix it! Go through everything and decide what to donate, sell, or throw away. Organize what you want to keep in matching bins and label them with what’s inside. Install some floor-to-ceiling shelving along the back wall if you have an extra-deep garage. If you don’t have the extra space at floor level, install some overhead racks on the ceiling. Put the things you rarely use higher, with the things you need to access more often within easy reach.
6. Wash Your Windows
Maximize the longer spring and summer days by getting your windows perfectly clean. Clean out the screens and tracks, and wash the glass so it’s spotless. Follow our step-by-step guide to achieve sparkling windows.
7. Update Your Hardware
Replacing your hardware is a simple but time-consuming project, so this is the perfect time to get it done. Many hardware stores are still open, so you can stop by to pick up some new hardware or order it online for delivery. All you’ll need is a screwdriver to give your kitchen or bathroom a new look. Matte black and copper finishes are trending this year.
8. Reduce Your Water Waste
Buyers like efficient homes, so upgrading to low-flow fixtures will boost your property value. It will also save you money every month with a reduced water bill, and you can feel great about doing your part for the environment. Follow our guide to cut back on water usage with some simple projects.
9. Powerwash Your Exterior
A pressure washer removes years’ worth of grime from everything on your exterior – siding, patios, decks, and more. Rent a pressure washer to freshen up the exterior for better curb appeal and more enjoyable outdoor living. Just be sure to read the instructions and use the right setting for the type of material you’re cleaning.
10. Create a Chalkboard Wall
Chalkboard paint turns any wall into a chalkboard. This is a fun project for one of the kids’ rooms, a spot in the kitchen, or that kids’ corner in the loft. As a bonus, you’ll keep the kids occupied with something new and fun while they are at home, or could use the wall in your home school efforts! Follow the step-by-step guide here for this project.